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Ballast Point Sour Wench Blackberry Ale
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RATINGS: 117   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.27   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 20   EST. CALORIES: 162   ABV: 5.4%
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Sour Wench was a Home Brew Mart recipe that we made every year for the Southern California Home brewers Fest in Temecula. This Blackberry Ale was originally developed by Ballast Point’s original Master Brewer Peter A’Hearn and Colby Chandler. While interning in Germany, Peter fell in love with the Berliner Weiss style of beer. A beer made with a procedure in which the mash was soured. The tartness of the Oregon State Marion Blackberries, at one pound per gallon, was a perfect addition for this sour style. Sour Wench is not aged in oak barrels. In the end, it’s a great bridge beer into the Sour Style’s.


4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Em (102) - USA - MAY 22, 2010
Raspberry and cranberry flavors mixed in with the blackberry flavors. Drank on tap at the brewery. Red pink in color, very fizzy. An excellent beer.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
bhightow (24) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 2, 2010
red, sparkling, minimal head, medium sweetness, lightly sour, light body, thin feel, fizzy, floral,

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
fordest (2010) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - AUG 16, 2007
Sampled during the First Annual Stone Sour Fest. Another favorite of the day. Clear coppery purple color with a really nice head. The citrusy aromas were berry berry fruity. More berry on the flavor. Not as sour as the name would have you believe. Nice hop finish with blackberry infused. I really like it.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
gorditoabd (624) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 7, 2011
Growler from the Home Brew Mart. Pours a beautiful raspberry hue, almost like liquid ruby joy. No foam but lots of bubbles racing up the side of the glass. Aroma is all dark musky berries, rasp, black, cran... it’s like they’re all in here, along with a pleasantly musty, just the edge of sour, scent. Super sour initial taste, like cranberry juice with tart apple infusion, sweet kiwi mixture, and a blast of blackberries at the end. Whew! Worth the trip and the wait. Great, great stuff. Unlike a lot of sours, one I could keep on drinking. The only knock on it is that the finish seems a little muddled... Not really, just not what it could be. Still, top, top-notch stuff.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Mep3222 (581) - East Greenbush, New York, USA - JUN 7, 2014
Fruity aroma with some lactic sour. Taste is on the light side but full flavored. Bit of a barnyard funk in the finish, but may be some of the fermented berry flavors. Tart finish. Not sweet, fruit sugars seem to be mostly fermented out. Different for sure but a great Berliner like beer with fruit. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
FoolishMortal (990) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 21, 2008
Tap. Dark pink-red with a small pink head. Raspberry aroma, distinct citric tartness. Heavy raspberry flavor, mouth watering tartness. Subdued tartness fleshes out the fruit flavor. Residual fruit and pucker in the finish. Mouthfeel is light, rather dry.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerguy101 (5294) - Newark, California, USA - AUG 10, 2008
Tasted on tap at O’Briens. This fruit beer pours a medium purple color from the tap. Small sized white foamy head. The aroma is blackberry, malt and some funk. A medium bodied fruit beer. The malts are caramel and fruity. The hops are earthy. Nice blackberry flavors, very clean and semi-sweet. There is a touch of funk and tartness but not that much. Nice balance. Good carbonation. It’s very good as a fruit beer, not so much as a sour beer. The funk is there, but very subdued. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter with a slight touch of sourness.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Getbetter (894) - East Palo Alto, California, USA - MAY 8, 2010
From tap,Redish white head,red color,cherry,raseberry,blackberry.This is a great beer ,Fizzy.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jtclockwork (8961) - , New Jersey, USA - SEP 13, 2014
Draft at Sour’ed in September. Pours raspberry with pink head. Nose/taste of super fresh blackberries, wheat and light lactose. More New Glarus fruit beer than berliner weisse. Awesome stuff. Medium body.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 22, 2008
A dark red beer with fully covered pink tinted froth. Aroma of cherry cake frosting and candied pineapple and cherries. Flavors tended to be more fruity than sour to the point of being fairly candy-like, with pineapple and cherry dominating. Its nice though as its a clean fruity ale with an added bonus of having a fun sour background. It’s not fairly complex by any means and the body is on the thin side...but its a fun beer and even better, its rather spritzy.


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